Historical story about the origin of nutmeg
Nutmeg (Myristica fragrans) originates from the Indonesian island of rainforest known as the Isle of spices, from where it spread through the Dutchmen on the ground of Europe.
It is believed that the first intention of nutmeg was flavouring beer more during the 11th century, and only in the 16th century nutmeg had find application as a spice in food.
In the middle Ages, nutmeg was in a high price and it was consider that this precious spice can buy only the rich people.
Basic features of nutmeg
Wood of nutmeg is evergreen origin and can grow in height up to 20 meters. Its leaves are dark green and have a strong aromatic door.
The fruit of the nutmeg are size like fruit of apricot with centred part as like other nuts that we call and recognize as nutmeg.
Characteristic of nutmeg is that do not like cold areas, but can only be grown in tropical areas of Indonesia.
Today, in addition to the original island where it was grown, nutmeg is grown on the ground of Sri Lanka, India, Singapore and Grenada. (Nutmeg is a national symbol Grenade and it is highlighted on the flag of this country)
How to obtain nutmeg?
Wood of nutmeg gives fruits three times a year. When the fruit is picked from the tree cleaned up from the first shell, which is hidden beneath the hard shell of golden-brown color that surrounds the core of nutmeg. This hard crust gently exfoliates the surface of the core, and then the core is dried, packed or milled for seasoning.
Nutritional composition of nutmeg
Nutmeg is an aromatic spice that is mostly used in making cakes, puddings, desserts or added to alcoholic beverages in order to obtain special aroma.
The origin of the characteristic aromas of nutmeg is the presence of vegetable fatty oils, of which the most famous myristicin, which is volatile and gives a sweet taste of nutmeg.
Mineral composition of nutmeg presents:
Vitamin share in nutmeg:
- Vitamin C
- Vitamins B complex
- Folic acid
- Vitamin A
Health Benefits of Nutmeg
1. It helps in digestion of food
Nutmeg relieves symptoms of heartburn, relieves bloating, diarrhea and gastroenteritis leaflets. To eliminate daily heartburn or digestive problems it is enough to take a spoonful of nutmeg with a meal. If you have problems with digestion or feel nausea, in the morning you can make a mixture of honey and nutmeg in a glass of lukewarm water and drink before a meal.
2. Nutmeg relieves insomnia
If you have trouble with sleeping, try nutmeg because it has a sedative effect on the nervous system, obviating the stress, tension and anxiety. Just mix before bedtime cup of warm milk and a teaspoon nutmeg and drink at once.
Tincture against insomnia - In the cup with 70% alcohol, add a teaspoon of nutmeg, stir well and leave in the sun for five days. Then tightly closed in a cool place. For insomnia, anxiety and distress in a tablespoon of honey, add 10 to 15 drops of tincture, let it melt in your mouth, then swallow it.
3. Nutmeg has a very strong aphrodisiac effect
In India, nutmeg is used in combination with curry spice, in order to improve full strength in men. This phenomenon is bound to accelerate blood circulation and better blood circulation in the genital organs.
4. Eliminates spasms in muscles and joints
The presence of important minerals in nutmeg (zinc, copper, magnesium) allows the organism to be equipped with these minerals that are important in the functioning of muscle apparatus. By using nutmeg it can be rectified feeling of swollen legs and leg cramps.
Calcium and magnesium in nutmeg are very important to the health of the articulate apparatus, especially in the elderly population. Using this aromatize spice, it can be high level reduces the occurrence of osteoporosis.
In order to eliminate cramps and pains in muscles and joints in the treatment of massages, masseurs use essential oil of nutmeg.
5. Removes bad breath and toothache
Eugenol from nutmeg has anti-inflammatory and analgesic properties thereby helps in eliminating toothaches. Also, nutmeg also possesses antibacterial properties because it eliminates bacteria as lagging between teeth after meals and eliminates bad breath. For this purpose, you can put a little nutmeg powder on the toothbrush and rub the teeth and tongue.
The solution against gingivitis - In the cup of boiling water, adds half a teaspoon of nutmeg powder. Allow to cool, but several times during the day rinse your mouth. The solution is not to swallow, but it helps with all oral infections.
Adverse effects of nutmeg
Large doses of nutmeg can have a lot of toxic effect, and lead to conditions such as diarrhea, increased heart rate, panic attacks, and hypersensitivity to light. Therefore, be careful not to overdo the intake of these nuts.
Two to three minced or grated nutmegs can cause poisoning, accompanied by strong hallucinations, nausea and vomiting.
When it comes to pregnancy, pregnant women need to know that they can use nutmeg in small quantities and prescribed by a doctor.
Purchase and storage of nutmeg
Online nutmeg can be found in two forms:
- Milled into powder
- In its original form (nut)
If you purchased a nut, you must know that this kind of nutmeg form needs to be kept in a glass container with a lid in a cool dry place.